House committee votes to revive leadership funds
The House State Affairs Committee today recommended that the full chamber vote to override former Gov. Charlie Crist's veto of a controversial campaign finance bill that restores so-called leadership funds. (Here's the story about the veto.)
Committee Chairman Seth McKeel, R-Lakeland, said any opposition to the bill was from a "misunderstanding" of what the changes would accomplish. "There shouldn't be opposition to this bill," McKeel said.
Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, acknowledged the bill was not perfect, but included important changes. That sparked Rep. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, to question why GOP leaders wanted to override the veto instead of putting the proposal through the legislative process. About one-third of the Florida House includes new members who did not debate the bills Crist vetoed.
"We have a chance to make this a better bill," Clemens said.